The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City presented “Neuroscience Night: Our Sensational Brain” last Thursday night in celebration of Brain Awareness Week. Using interactive activities, the event showcased the astounding capabilities of the human brain and the how it works in concert with our senses to interpret the world around us.
When Babe Ruth was knocked unconscious for five minutes after crashing into an outfield wall in 1924, he was examined in much the same way he would be today. The protocol immediately following a concussion hasn’t changed much over the years. The major difference today is what happens next: The Babe returned to the game and even played in the second game of a double header later that day. Someone who sustains a similar injury in 2013 won’t be returning to the field that day.
The first two sessions of the adult course, “The Neuroscience of Sports: Your Brain in Action,” have dealt with concussions. Several neurology experts have spoken about the causes and treatment of concussions. Here are some of the things I have learned:
It’s last call for the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit on the brain—Brain: The Inside Story closes Sunday, August 14. So if you’re in New York City and want to learn the brain basics and you prefer visual and interactive learning, this is your chance! To read about our experiences at the exhibit, please read Dana’s previous write–ups.
While you’re there, you may also want to visit Picturing Science, an exhibit of some of the imaging work done by the museum’s in-house scientists. While the show itself is not brain-related, imaging technology is a large contributor to neuroscience advances. Plus, based on the images posted online, it just looks really cool.
-Ann L. Whitman